ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD is Attention Deficit Disorder. The only distinction being hyperactivity. Both can be referred to as ADHD or ADD. How is adult ADHD/ADD distinct? It is the same as the childhood condition in that problems of inattention are the most apparent core symptoms that are impairing. Unlike children, the symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity tend to soften, often being converted into nervous tension, anxiety or depression.
This is a common disorder affecting nearly 4.4% of adults. While the adult may find a niche that allows some of their symptoms to be functional, the fact is that the majority of adults with this disorder tend to be impaired in other parts of their life. Awareness of the symptoms often happen when their own children have this genetically borne disorder diagnosed.
To understand the criteria of this disorder, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, has to be used and there are a number of other rating scales that can be complementary. Ultimately, it is a physician that has to confirm the diagnosis. Given the nature of the disorder, it is not surprising that many people with ADHD often have other disorders like depression or substance abuse issues. Diagnosis and education (learning about you) are the corner stones of the treatment. Medication may also be a useful tool.
We have made the Adult ADHD Self Report Scale from the World Health Organization available as a download. It will help you and your healthcare professional to begin the process of a diagnosis. This scale and other useful information for you and your doctor can be found at (our Tools/Download url). If you are not a registered user of this site, you will be asked to register. It’s a quick and easy process and you’ll have access to other things available to all members on this website.